MIAMI, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl middle linebacker Zach
Thomas, one of the most tenacious players in the game, Thursday revealed that he is suffering from a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
Thomas is listed as probable for Sunday's regular-season finale with the Buffalo Bills and told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he likely will play. But the 5-11, 235-pound linebacker admitted to being hampered by the injury.
"I jumped at him and I hit his heels and I landed on my arm instead of landing on my body and that's when I felt it," Thomas said.
"For a couple of plays after that I still felt it but it went away so that was a good sign. Now all the blood and everything and soreness has built up. I can't even hardly move it. But I
should be all right. I played the rest of the game with it. I've just got to make sure it doesn't get in the way where I hurt something else trying to protect it."
Thomas is coming off a game that earned him AFC defensive player of the week honors. He had 18 tackles, including a pair of sacks, in the Dolphins' 21-14 win over Atlanta. He has tied his
career best with 180 tackles this season.
Miami already has clinched a playoff berth and can win the AFC East with a win Sunday and loss by New England.